Dario Franchitti leads Ganassi one-two in tight final Edmonton IndyCar practice
|By Mark Glendenning||Saturday, July 21st 2012, 16:08 GMT|
Dario Franchitti led Scott Dixon to a Ganassi one-two in the third IndyCar practice session at Edmonton.
On a drying track, the name at the top of the timing screens changed constantly in the final few minutes before Franchitti made the spot his own with a 1m16.8904s, bettering Dixon's time by 0.0263 seconds.
The competitiveness of the session was underscored by the fact that the top six were covered by less than 0.3s, with Penske's Will Power falling in just behind the Ganassi duo, and Justin Wilson, Alex Tagliani and Takuma Sato just behind him.
Damp conditions left from overnight rain caught a few drivers out in the first half an hour, with Josef Newgarden spinning onto the grass shortly after the session began and bringing out the first red flag. Helio Castroneves and Wilson were also responsible for brief stoppages due to spins, although all managed to avoid damaging their cars.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Dario Franchitti Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m16.8904s 2. Scott Dixon Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m16.9167s + 0.0263s 3. Will Power Penske Dallara-Chevy 1m16.9621s + 0.0717s 4. Justin Wilson Coyne Dallara-Honda 1m17.0743s + 0.1839s 5. Alex Tagliani Herta Dallara-Honda 1m17.1037s + 0.2133s 6. Takuma Sato Rahal Dallara-Honda 1m17.1308s + 0.2404s 7. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Dallara-Honda 1m17.3425s + 0.4521s 8. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m17.3436s + 0.4532s 9. EJ Viso KV Dallara-Chevy 1m17.3462s + 0.4558s 10. Graham Rahal Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m17.4277s + 0.5373s 11. James Jakes Coyne Dallara-Honda 1m17.4526s + 0.5622s 12. Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Dallara-Chevy 1m17.4852s + 0.5948s 13. Helio Castroneves Penske Dallara-Chevy 1m17.4918s + 0.6014s 14. Josef Newgarden Fisher Dallara-Honda 1m17.5417s + 0.6513s 15. Mike Conway Foyt Dallara-Honda 1m17.6577s + 0.7673s 16. Ryan Briscoe Penske Dallara-Chevy 1m17.6729s + 0.7825s 17. Tony Kanaan KV Dallara-Chevy 1m17.8131s + 0.9227s 18. Rubens Barrichello KV Dallara-Chevy 1m17.8660s + 0.9756s 19. Charlie Kimball Ganassi Dallara-Honda 1m17.8983s + 1.0079s 20. Oriol Servia Panther/DRR Dallara-Chevy 1m17.9621s + 1.0717s 21. James Hinchcliffe Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m18.0198s + 1.1294s 22. JR Hildebrand Panther Dallara-Chevy 1m18.0672s + 1.1768s 23. Marco Andretti Andretti Dallara-Chevy 1m18.1808s + 1.2904s 24. Simona de Silvestro HVM Dallara-Lotus 1m18.3754s + 1.4850s 25. Ed Carpenter Carpenter Dallara-Chevy 1m18.4536s + 1.5632s